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Sweet Tamales

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Active Time:  46 Minutes

  Makes about 2 dozen tamales
1 package (8 ounces)  dried corn husks
1 cup  lard or shortening, divided
2 1/2 cups  masa harina flour (Mexican corn masa mix)
1 1/2 cups  Albers Yellow cornmeal
1/4 cup  granulated sugar
1 tablespoon  ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons  salt
1 1/2 cups  water
1 1/4 cups (14-ounce can)  Nestle Carnation Sweetened condensed milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup  raisins
1/2 cup  chopped walnuts
Sort corn husks, setting aside any torn ones. Soak intact husks in warm water for at least 1 hour or until softened and easy to fold.

Beat 2/3 cup lard in large bowl until creamy. Combine flour, corn meal, sugar, cinnamon and salt in medium bowl. Alternately add flour mixture, water and sweetened condensed milk to lard, mixing well after each addition. Melt remaining lard; gradually stir into masa mixture, mixing until consistency of thick cake batter (masa). Stir in vanilla, raisins and nuts.

Spread 1/4 cup masa, using back of a spoon, to form a square in the center of one husk. Fold right then left edge of husk over masa. Fold up bottom edge. Repeat with remaining ingredients.

Place vegetable steamer in pot with lid; add water to just below steamer. Arrange tamales upright in steamer rack. Cover top of tamales with reserved dry husks and a damp towel; cover. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low. Steam, adding water as needed, for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until masa pulls away from husks.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Albers®. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Makes about 2 dozen tamales
Calories: 251
Fat. Total: 11g
Fiber: 2g
Carbohydrates, Total: 35g
Sodium: 212mg
% Cal. from Fat: 39%
Cholesterol: 3mg
Protein: 4g
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